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This is the moment a vigilante who tore down flowers put up by a dead intruder’s family and stamped on them called LBC to explain why he did it. The caller, who did not want to be named, said he had been left “infuriated” that the shrine had been erected near where pensioner Richard Osborn-Brookes stabbed to death Henry Vincent during a break-in. “If they want to mourn him, put the flowers outside the caravan where he lived,” the caller fumed during his conversation with Nick Ferrari. Loved ones of Vincent started re-attaching tributes on Tuesday, after they were originally ripped down. Flowers were then repeatedly torn down and put back up a number of times. “No one local appreciates those flowers,” the caller added. “The council should stop them, they have no right to put flowers down. “They shouldn’t be allowed to put flowers down on a public highway.” During his call to LBC, the unnamed man said residents would be more tolerant if the flowers were moved away from the pensioner’s home. He continued: “As a vigilante I’d say to them put the flowers further down the road… we’re happy to leave them there for a week. “Then we’ve got a compromise, but if they’re not willing to compromise every time they put them up we’re going to take them down again.” Meanwhile, The Deputy Chief of the Metropolitan Police has admitted that anyone removing the shrine could be arrested. Craig Mackey told LBC: "If you do things where you cause a breach of the peace, disorder in that area, then like anyone, you could end up getting arrested. "We don't want anyone getting there. It's in everyone's interest - and particularly the local community - that we bring their community back to whatever normal is as quickly as possible. "There is someone still outstanding on this offence, let's deal with that person."
London. Funeral for police officer. April 10. 2017.
Troubled has flared at the funeral of slain burglar Henry Vincent, who was killed by a pensioner during a botched break-in in Hither Green.Floral tributes shaped like a BMW convertible, a Ford Transit van, a caravan and a boxing ring were among those adorning black limousines as the funeral procession snaked through the streets of south-east London this morning.Members of the burglar's family - who have reportedly splashed £100,000 on the funeral - swore out of their car windows and police had to step in when rocks were thrown at photographers outside the church.Vincent's father, Henry Snr, sat in the front of the hearse and shouted 'The King is Dead' as the vehicle left the church for the cemetery.And the event turned ugly when a group of mourners decided to walk behind the hearse - and then charge at journalists, throwing bottles, stones and eggs.Meanwhile, neighbours of pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks, who killed Mr Vincent during the burglary, blocked his road to prevent the procession coming anywhere near their homes.There was tight security around the entire procession route, as well as the site of Mr Vincent's death and the church where the funeral is taking place amid tensions between the burglar's family and the local community following the incident.Mourners arriving at the church before the service shielded their faces by pulling down their hoods and one man with a scarf wrapped around his face telling reporters: 'You need shooting in the head with a cannon ball.' A police helicopter whirled overhead and officers were called into action before the service even started, when a group of youths hurled rocks at members of the press.The 30-minute service was attended by around 100 family and friends.It included Mr Vincent's favourite songs; 'If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time' by R Kelly, The Corrs song 'Dreams' and Celine Dion's classic 'I'm Your Angel'.After the service, when group of mourners were walking behind the hearse, a gang broke away and confronted photographers, throwing eggs and hurling abuse before police intervened and at least one man was taken to the ground in an apparent arrest.Mike Hughes, a reporter for LBC radio, said: 'In my 10 years as a journalist, I have never felt so under threat.'I've had bottles thrown in my face.I am covered in egg, which was pelted at me.It all came from members of the funeral cortege.' A member of the public walking opposite the church said he was hit by an egg as the procession passed.He said: 'I'm lucky I'm on the way back from a job interview, not to it.I'm not having that.' Another member of the public said: 'Everybody hates the family in Orpington.they're horrible.' A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: 'A male believed to be in his teens was arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident on High Street, Orpington, at the junction of Elizabeth Way at around 1.15pm.He has been released under investigation to report to a police station at a later date.' Vincent was burie
Are the tributes in Hither Green to burglar Henry Vincent, appropriate memorials or intimidation? Anne Atkins and Raheem Kassam discuss the placing and removal of flowers opposite the house where the burglary and death took place. Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews. Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsnight Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsnight
My final thoughts on this topic after the Hither Green OAP is taken into protective custody!
Vigilantes are understood to be planning a roadblock to stop the funeral procession of a burglar from passing the house of his victim. Henry Vincent, who was killed after breaking into Richard Osborn-Brooks' house, will be laid to rest with a service featuring a horse-drawn cart, his friends have said. But 78-year-old Mr Osborn-Brooks' supporters, who believe the funeral costs top £100,000, have said they will disrupt the family's plans to carry Vincent in front of the pensioner's home in Hither Green. One man, named as Mike, told Sun Online at least a dozen vehicles will be ready to stop the procession coming near the scene of what has become a turf war between Vincent's relatives and angry locals. At the weekend, police stopped Vincent's family from attaching balloons and banners to fences beside his victim's home on what would have been his birthday. They held a vigil close to the house where he died to mark his 38th birthday and around 20 women from the travelling community, who said they were relatives of Vincent, arrived in south London to lay flowers. Some carried balloons saying "You’ll be missed" and placards featuring photographs of Vincent. They were escorted by five police officers who tried to stop them stapling the banners and balloons to the garden fences of homeowners. Eventually, the tributes were attached to the street sign itself and a lamppost. Mr Osborn-Brooks has been advised to stay away from the property since the night he fatally stabbed career criminal Vincent with a screwdriver, amid concern for his own safety. Neighbours have voiced their objections to the tributes, while members of the public have been seen tearing down flowers and condolence messages attached to the fence. Vincent, who was a member of the traveller community, is expected to be buried near his family’s site in Orpington, Kent. His family have also revealed plans to route his horse-drawn funeral procession past Mr Osborn-Brooks’ house in Hither Green, south east London.